ROBERT FRANKLIN DILWORTH.
The well known citizen of Joplin township, Jasper county, Missouri, whose name constitutes the title of this article,
is the owner of twenty acres of land, including a beautiful home, orchard and other attractive features; but, pleasant
as are these claims to the public notice, they are surpassed by others in which Mr. Dilworth rightfully takes more
pride than in his fine property, gained through his own effort and the assistance of his family. He is of Revolutionary
stock, and his ancestors in his mother's line fought to secure freedom to the American colonies, and Mr. Dilworth
himself had an experience as a soldier in the Federal army in our Civil war, which was in every way noteworthy
Robert Franklin Dilworth was born in Putnam county, Indiana, where in 1862 he enlisted in the Nineteenth Indiana
Light Artillery, with which he saw constant service until June, 1865. He fought in the Army of the Cumberland under
General Thomas until the fall of Atlanta, and after that event under General Slocum in Georgia, participating in
all important engagements in which these commands took part from the battle at Perryville until the end of the
war. In that terrible fight at Chickamauga, in which more that seventeen thousand men out of thirty eight thousand
were killed, wounded and made prisoners, the Nineteenth Indiana Light Artillery lost heavily. In point of years
Mr. Dilwcrth was little more than a boy soldier, but he shirked no danger or responsibility and asked no favors.
His father, Benjamin Dilworth, was a native of North Carolina, and his mother, Zirpha Wilson, was born near Greensboro,
in that state.
After the war Mr. Dilworth went to Kansas, where he arrived in August, 1869, and remained until 1874. Then he was
called back to Indiana by the ill health of his mother, and remained in the east eleven years. He returned to Kansas
in 1886 and located at Caldwell. In 1888 he took up his residence in Joplin, Jasper county, Missouri, where he
bought a home. In 1889 he bought the farm already referred to on which he has since lived. It is located four miles
from Joplin, and Mr. Dilworth markets his products mostly at Joplin and at Webb City. He has greatly improved the
place, which is a valuable agricultural and horticultural property.
In politics Mr. Dilworth is a Democrat, and though he has never been an office seeker, he has been induced to accept
some offices, the responsibilities of which he has discharged with ability and credit. He served his fellow citizens
m Pottawatomie county, Kansas, as a constable in 1869, and for six years he was school director of his district
in Joplin township, and would have been reelected for another term had he not positively refused to serve longer.
Mr. Dilworth's public spirit is so well developed that his fellow townsmen know that they can depend upon him in
any emergency in which the public welfare is concerned. He has been in rather poor physical condition for a long
period of time on account of disease contracted in his country's service. He is still able to supervise his affairs
at home, and hopes when he receives his pension to pass his last years in peace and plenty.
Mr. Dilworth married Miss Philemon M. Marcotte, who was born in Michigan, near Saginaw, and they have children
named as follows: Clarence C., who is connected with his father in the market gardening enterprise, married Miss
Fannie Lowry, of Newton county, Missouri. Thomas Lee lives near his father and assists the latter in his farming
operations, and married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of John Smith, of Joplin township.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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